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CommuteCon 2020

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Why Carpool Matters Now

Dani Simons
Head of Public Sector Partnerships

Session Description

According to FHWA, the average American commute is 13 miles. Even in areas that are relatively well-served by transit, transit commutes can still take twice as long as driving alone. How can we better serve these trips, while reducing our impact on the planet and increasing access to economic opportunity, both today and in the future? We’ll explore the potential of a time-tested mode, carpooling, to have new and profound relevance to the way we move today.

About the Speaker:
Dani Simons currently serves as the Head of Public Sector Partnerships at Waze, helping accelerate the growth of Waze Carpool and the Waze for Cities program as part of sustainable and equitable mobility.

She was previously global head of communications for Motivate, North America’s largest bike share provider (acquired by Lyft) and was part of the launch team for Citi Bike, the most successful bike share program in the western world. Prior to joining Motivate, Dani was the director of strategic communications for the New York City Department of Transportation under Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. She started New York’s Summer Streets program, inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia, which closes over 7 miles of city streets to auto traffic and opens them up to tens of thousands of people to walk, bike and play for three Saturdays each August. She has an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a Masters of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry.